Last updated on Jan 07, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Falmouth, Jamaica is around 20,000 people. People describe Falmouth as a vibrant, bustling port town with a rich history and culture. Expats love the laid-back atmosphere, the friendly locals, and the beautiful beaches. The weather in Falmouth is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $700 per month.
What do I need to know before moving to Falmouth?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Falmouth, they said:
"Keep in mind the location if you do not have a car. You will want to be close enough to public transportation. Route taxis (taxis that go along a specific route only) travel outside of many of the subdivisions/schemes and along main roads. If I can be of help to anyone, just let me know," remarked another in Falmouth.
"Ask around to find a good deal. Don't trust anyone because everyone is looking for a cut from the deal. Learn to take life slowly because the amenities you might be accustom to will not be at your fingertips. You have to wait for phone, internet and cable service. Your wait might be up to 3 months," explained one expat.
How do I find a place to live in Falmouth?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"We wanted to be close to the Montego Bay airport so we looked at a few parishes on the west half of the island. Falmouth is up and coming so we selected Falmouth. My husband and I are real estate agents in the US, so we just felt comfortable contacting a real estate agent to find our current house," said another expat in Falmouth.
"I chose my community by asking friends and family for references. I wanted to reside near the airport but not in a commercial zone. I chose Retreat Heights which is located outside of the town of Falmouth but close enough to hotels, airport and entertainment," added another person living in Falmouth.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Falmouth?
"I live in a scheme in Falmouth 2bd, 2bath, furnished & washing machine. Love it," said another expat in Jamaica.
"We live in a single family rental house located in a subdivision, called a scheme, here in Jamaica. We have not met a lot of expats yet, but the one couple that we did meet live in a house that they purchased," remarked another in Falmouth.
What is the average cost of housing in Falmouth?
If you are thinking about moving to Falmouth, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:
"I'm renting in Falmouth a gated community. 800 monthly, pay my own utilities was lucky it came furnished. The people stay to themselves. I've had very few conversations with other occupants. A car is extra helpful! But I’d never drive in JA. This will be my second year renting. Not sure about the buying & building for myself. Too old for that & have absolutely no patience for the process.. sending good vibes! I love Jamaica," said another expat in Jamaica.
"Our housing costs are much lower than in the US. My husband and I live in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath furnished home for 60,000 Jamaican dollars (about $480 US dollars a month). Yard maintenance and water is included in the rent. It is a newer house with an open floorplan. Electricity is about $4,000 JMD (about $31 USD). Cable (Westar) is $2,700JMD a month (about $21 USD) and we get tons of good channels. Unfurnished houses here can be found for about $45,000JMD ($352 USD). Ofcourse, if you want to go really budget and talk to the right people, you can find a place for about $250 USD a month," added another person living in Falmouth.
What should I bring when moving to Falmouth?
People living in Falmouth were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:
"Wish I would have brought:
-Coffee Maker with extra coffee pods (Keurig)
-My art supplies
-Extra mosquito repellent
Wish I would have left at home: -Several pair of shoes
-Electronic gadgets I don't use
," said another expat in Falmouth.
"Jamaica is like the states so you don't have to over-pack. As a returning resident bring as much as you can. But, otherwise it is more economical to purchase you items here in Jamaica," added another person living in Falmouth.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.